My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sentimental Sunday -- Emily Dickinson Gave us a Reason for a Trip

Emily Dickinson, the poetess, lived her entire life in Amherst, Massachusetts.  I am not a reader of poems, but my husband is.  He is sentimental about her and her poems, I am not.  He knows all about her, I do not. When we learned that her death date anniversary was last week, Saturday, May 15th, we decided to go and visit her house and gravesite the following day, to avoid the crowds of the University of MA graduation and those attending the special events of Emily's death.  Good decision, as the 15th had hundreds of people, our Sunday visit was quiet, almost a little too quiet, we had everything to ourselves. We had never been to Amherst. Since Amherst is a good two hour drive from home, we first stopped to view the Connecticut River.

Stopped at the Bridge of Flowers (an old bridge, now a footpath, with flowers on both sides).

Of course I took photos.

Emily and her family lived in this beautiful house.

We took a seven minute walk to the cemetery, which was very clean and all flowers from the previous day were removed from her tombstone.

Close up of stone, which is almost impossible to take a good photo because of the gate.

As hard as I tried, I couldn't connect any of my Dickinsons to her line.

Stopped at an old restaurant for a meal, and relaxed here in Westminster, MA.


Carol said...


5th photo and last are spectacular. All good, but, I really like those two. (Interesting, they both have water in them! LOL)

You live in a wonderful part of the country!

Barbara said...

Hi Carol, well I am learning from you, my inspiration. You can copy them, ha, put them up as your own. I don't care. Thanks for the comment.

Betty said...

Wow, EXCELLENT photos, Barb! Sounds as though you had a lovely excursion last Saturday--w/o the crowds!

Heather Rojo said...

Lovely! We were there when my daughter looked at Smith and Mt. Holyoke for colleges, but we didn't see the gravesite- darn! And the Old Mill for dinner, what a nice ending to a nice day!

Jenna said...

What a wonderful trip and such a beautiful area! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

Jenna, Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.